Ch 44: NMTA Social Science: Sectional Crisis (1850-1861)

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Use this chapter to decipher what factors led to the sectional crisis during the 1850s as you prepare to answer questions on the NMTA Social Science test. Our expert instructors will present the information to you in the format of brief and engaging videos.

NMTA Social Science: Sectional Crisis (1850-1861) - Chapter Summary

As you watch the video lessons in this chapter, you will discover how conflicts about slavery and other political issues acted as the eventual precursors to the Civil War. Dive into the details about the sectional crisis while you read through the study materials designed for the NMTA Social Science test. After you complete this chapter, you should be better informed about the following:

  • Perspectives on slavery during the era
  • The new Confederacy
  • Bloody Kansas
  • The Battle of Fort Sumter
  • Details about how the Civil War started

Find out more about each individual topic by watching the video lessons. Our short videos include an entertaining look at these moments in history. The transcripts highlight the key terms in bold letters, which may help you focus more during your study sessions. Occasionally questions may come up, but our staff of instructors are available if you need clarification. As you familiarize yourself with these topics, remember to include our lesson quizzes as part of your training process for the NMTA Social Science test.

NMTA Social Science: Sectional Crisis (1850-1861) Objectives

There are five different domain categories of questions on the NMTA Social Science test, and there are 150 multiple-choice questions in total to answer. One of the domain categories includes questions concerning U.S. history. For this particular domain category, social science teachers must be able to show connections between major social and political developments. In order to sharpen your critical thinking skills, go through our video lessons concerning the sectional crisis so that you will be more prepared to answer related questions during the test.

6 Lessons in Chapter 44: NMTA Social Science: Sectional Crisis (1850-1861)
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Uncle Tom's Cabin and Tension Over Slavery in the 1850s

1. Uncle Tom's Cabin and Tension Over Slavery in the 1850s

Uncle Tom's Cabin captured the plight of slaves in the 1850s like no other book. The novel, coupled with the Missouri Compromise and the Fugitive Slave Act, served to further strain the country, which was at a breaking point over the issue of slavery. This lesson details these events.

Bloody Kansas: Causes, Effects and Summary of Events

2. Bloody Kansas: Causes, Effects and Summary of Events

The events in the Kansas territory were a microcosm of the violent forces shaping the United States in the decade of the 1850s, forces that would ultimately lead to a disintegration of the Union itself. This lesson details what has come to be known as Bleeding Kansas and its impact on the issue of slavery.

Dred Scott v. Sanford and President Buchanan

3. Dred Scott v. Sanford and President Buchanan

The Dred Scott decision was one of the most important turning points in the debate over slavery in the United States. It came during the presidency of James Buchanan, a man well qualified but ill suited for the job of keeping the nation together. This lesson discusses both as we attempt to understand the dynamics that led to the American Civil War.

John Brown's Raid at Harpers Ferry: Fighting Slavery

4. John Brown's Raid at Harpers Ferry: Fighting Slavery

John Brown was a man of strong convictions - so strong that he was willing to fight, to kill, and to die for them. These abolitionist beliefs led him from Kansas to Virginia, where he would pay the ultimate price. This lesson tells that story.

Lincoln's Election, Southern Secession & the New Confederacy

5. Lincoln's Election, Southern Secession & the New Confederacy

Learn about how Abraham Lincoln's election in the contentious 1860 presidential race set off a domino effect leading to the secession of South Carolina and six other states and the formation of the Confederate States of America.

The Battle of Fort Sumter & the Start of the Civil War

6. The Battle of Fort Sumter & the Start of the Civil War

South Carolina's attack on a U.S. military outpost triggered the American Civil War. Learn more about the Battle of Fort Sumter and the consequences of the fort's surrender to the Confederacy.

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